Meet Natalia

“Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true”

Jacques-Henri Lartigue

South Bend Photographer - About Natalia Drause Photography

Photo by Ale Fernandez Fotografía

I am a nature-inspired portrait photographer based in South Bend, Indiana.

I am romantic, genuine, outgoing and I love nature.

My approach:  I love capturing real emotions and personalities in my photographs. During photo sessions I capture candid images and also help you with poses in order to have some great looking portraits. My posing directions are very easy and always coordinate with your personality. In my work I prefer to use natural light for both outdoor and indoor photo sessions.

My life:  I was born in the beautiful Kamchatka peninsula on the Pacific coast of Russia. My photographic journey started when I was just 10 and I got my first film camera as a birthday gift. I remember how I planned each shot so carefully thinking about how many frames I have left on my film. Time passed and I got my B.A. and M.A. in Geography. I traveled a lot and already got a big collection of travel photographs from different parts of the world. I studied with the New York Institute of Photography and completed a certification program in professional photography. I constantly work to improve my skills in order to deliver the best quality photographs to you.

My hobbies and passions:  I love spending time outdoors, hiking and camping and photographing nature. I love traveling and enjoy planning my trips. You can follow my travels on my Instagram account @nataliadrause or check my travel photography blog.

Want to work with me? Check my gallery, view recent photo sessions on my blog, read Frequently Asked Questions or drop me a note and let me know what I can do for you!


Photography Sessions


  • Christina {family photo session},

    These were the best pictures we've ever had taken, and our family has professional photos taken every year. I'm thrilled with your photos and you were so great to work with. Our kids in particular look beautiful and I love how their personalities shine in the pictures. Thank you!

  • Krishna {family photo session},

    I cannot thank you enough for all the gorgeous pictures. Now thinking, we should have done this shoot long before 😊..but I am glad we did it.

  • Kristen & Kevin {engagement photo session},

    Oh my goodness, Natalia, these [the pictures] are SO incredible! You are very talented - there isn't a single one of these that looks bad at all. They are so beautiful I cannot believe it! Thank you for making it such a wonderful experience. The pictures show how much fun we had with you! They are so natural...just, wow!!! Kevin and I could not stop talking about how sweet you are! We are so happy to have worked with you.

  • Janani {couple photo session},

    Thank you so much for delivering the photos so soon. We love the pictures you have taken of us! They are fresh, colorful and happy - just what we were looking for when we thought of the photoshoot! You have done magic with us, Natalia. We loved our session with you. You made it all fun and breeze for us.

Drop me a note!

Do you have some questions? Want to schedule a photo session? Want to say "hi" to me?